Application Support

1.  Welcome

TouchTax provides easy and affordable offline access on your iPad, iPhone, iPod and Google Android phones and tablets to all sections of the latest edition of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), the Treasury Regulations in Title 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (the Regulations) and the Internal Revenue Bulletins, Revenue Procedures, Revenue Rulings, Notices and Announcements since 2003. TouchTax is intended to supplement your physical copies of the Code, Regulations, IRBs, Procedures, Rulings, Notices and Announcements with electronic versions that are available on “the go.” TouchTax includes advanced features such as note taking, cross references to Regulations and other functions to make it easier to read and manage the law. TouchTax for Windows Phones is available in a free “lite” version. Visit http://wp.touchtax.com using your Windows Phone for more information.

2.  How often is TouchTax updated?

The Code and Regulations incorporated in TouchTax are full electronic adaptations of the law published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives, the Treasury Department and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). TouchTax is updated periodically to incorporate the latest version of the Preliminary Code through the most recent release point. A “release point” is a point at which GPO staff updates the Code during the congressional session. The Preliminary Code is not the final annual version of the Code but instead represents the most current status of the Code. TouchTax is updated annually to incorporate the annual version of the Regulations. Regulations are not updated by the GPO during the Congressional session which means that proposed, preliminary, temporary and finalized Regulations during the year do not show up in the “Regulations” section of TouchTax. Instead, proposed, preliminary, temporary and finalized Regulations are published by the Treasury Department in the Internal Revenue Bulletin, an electronic copy of which is accessible under the “Internal Revenue Bulletin” button in the TouchTax tool bar.

3.  Where are the newest Regulations?

The Regulations are updated annually by the U.S. Government Printing Office. All proposed, preliminary, temporary and finalized Regulations proposed or adopted during the year (for example, the Net Investment Income regulations) are published by the Treasury Department in Internal Revenue Bulletins. Use the “Internal Revenue Bulletin” button in the TouchTax tool bar to view Internal Revenue Bulletins.

4.  What are Internal Revenue Bulletins?

The Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB), which was first printed in 1919, is a weekly publication of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that announces “official rulings and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service and for publishing Treasury Decisions, Executive Orders, Tax Conventions, legislation, court decisions, and other items of general interest.” The Internal Revenue Bulletins contains all proposed, preliminary, temporary and finalized Regulations. TouchTax provides up-to-date access to all IRBs since July 2003. This includes Revenue Rulings, Revenue Procedures, Treasury Decisions, Announcements, Notices, and more. A link on each IRB page within TouchTax points to the official “PDF” version of the IRB for download. The PDF version of the IRB is the same version that you may be used to receiving in printed format from the federal government.

5.  What are Revenue Procedures?

The Revenue Procedures shown in TouchTax are retrieved from the Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) from the Internal Revenue Service and are based on official records. Revenue Procedures appearing in IRBs prior to IRB No. 2003-27 (July 7, 2003) (Revenue Procedures earlier than Rev. Proc. 2003-45) are not yet available from the IRS in an accessible format but may be added in the future. Revenue Procedures shown in TouchTax are sorted in descending order by year and number. Where available, the title of the Revenue Procedure is also included. A Revenue Procedure is an official statement of a procedure that affects the rights or duties of taxpayers under the law. A Revenue Procedure provides return filing or other instructions concerning Internal Revenue Service positions.

6.  What are Revenue Rulings?

The Revenue Rulings shown in TouchTax are retrieved from the Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) from the Internal Revenue Service and are based on official records. Revenue Rulings appearing in IRBs prior to IRB No. 2003-27 (July 7, 2003) (Revenue Rulings earlier than Rev. Rul. 2003-17) are not yet available from the IRS in an accessible format but may be added in the future. Revenue Rulings shown in TouchTax are sorted in descending order by year and number. Where available, the title of the Revenue Ruling has been included. Not all Revenue Rulings have separate titles. Revenue Rulings are public administrative rulings by the Internal Revenue Service that apply the law to particular fact situations. A Revenue Ruling can be relied on as precedent by all taxpayers.

7.  What are Notices?

The Notices shown in TouchTax are retrieved from the Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) from the Internal Revenue Service and are based on official records. Notices appearing in IRBs prior to IRB No. 2003-27 (July 7, 2003) (Notices earlier than Notice 2003-41) are not yet available from the IRS in an accessible format but may be added in the future. Notices shown in TouchTax are sorted in descending order by year and number. Where available, the title of the Notice has been included. A Notice is a public pronouncement that may contain guidance that involves substantive interpretations of the Code or other provisions of the law.

8.  What are Announcements?

The Announcements shown in TouchTax are retrieved from the Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) from the Internal Revenue Service and are based on official records. Notices appearing in IRBs prior to IRB No. 2003-27 (July 7, 2003) (Announcements earlier than Announcement 2003-45) are not yet available from the IRS in an accessible format but may be added in the future. Announcements shown in TouchTax are sorted in descending order by year and number. Where available, the title of the Announcement has been included. An Announcement is a public pronouncement that has only immediate or short-term value. Because Announcements only have immediate or short-term value, they are not included in the Cumulative Bulletin.

9.  Some Cross Linked Sections Do Not Work?

Starting in TouchTax version 4.1.1 (November 2014), TouchTax includes hyperlinks (cross links) within Code sections to improve access to sections that are referenced in the statute. TouchTax uses an algorithm to identify whether a statutory reference is to another section in the Code or to another publication (e.g., to the Public Laws). From time to time, a cross link may mistakenly link to another publication that cannot be opened from TouchTax. Future versions of TouchTax may include improvements to this algorithm.

10.  What Mobile Devices is TouchTax Compatible With?

TouchTax is available for purchase, and is compatible with, all Apple mobile devices (including iPads, iPhones and current iPods) and Google Android phones and tablets. TouchTax is compatible with Google Android versions 4.0 and higher. Earlier versions of TouchTax for Android version 3.0 may be available on the Google Play application market but are no longer being maintained. A simplified version of TouchTax is availble for Windows Phones. Visit http://wp.touchtax.com with your Windows Phone for more information. TouchTax is also available for the BlackBerry Playbook tablet. TouchTax was available for HP TouchPad tablets until January 2015, when the HP application market was shut down.  TouchTax is also available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle application store.

11.  Where can I find more application support?

Please visit the main product Web site at http://www.touchtax.com for additional application support. TouchTax is a product of Com-Lab (Mobile), Denver, Colorado. Copyright 2015 Com-Lab (Mobile). For additional support, please send a message to support@comlabmobile.com.

Last update to this support page: February 28, 2015

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